We get too romantic about farming: “Nature is not gentle. Farming is always against nature. If you don’t do anything, almost only weeds grow in the field, pests eat up what little I can still harvest.”
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/11/22/viewpoint-farming-is-always-unnatural-german-farmers-on-why-the-eu-needs-to-stop-romanticizing-agriculture-and-start-embracing-intensive-farming/
Biotechnology mass-produces valuable molecules from nature, from drugs to textiles to a jellyfish protein that lights up most anything a glowing green. Now add saffron to the list.To cooks, saffron is a bright yellow spice derived from Crocus sativus flowers, aka “saffron crocus.” The dried red threads at the blooms’ centers are used to season and color foods. Popular for thousands of years, saffron comes today mostly from Iran. It’s used to infuse meats, grains, salads, and even to color marshmallows molded into baby chick shapes for Easter.Saffron has medicinal potential. The main pigment crocin may be useful as a neuroprotectant, an antidepressant, a sedative, and an antioxidant.
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/11/22/naturally-saffron-flavored-rice-heres-how-scientists-are-using-genetically-modified-tobacco-and-lemon-to-recreate-the-worlds-most-expensive-spice/
GMO crops aren’t new to Kenya; in 2012 we had GMO maize being imported into the country until the infamous Séralini study released in September of that year that showed a link between cancerous tumors developing on mice and glyphosate — the main active ingredient of Roundup herbicide.
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/11/17/the-seralini-affair-how-a-discredited-study-set-kenyas-agricultural-biotechnology-revolution-back-a-decade/
cientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have successfully genetically modified a plant protein that is responsible for
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/11/16/a-holy-grail-for-agriculture-genetic-modification-can-increase-oil-production-in-soy-sunflower-and-peanut-plants-by-up-to-18/
What is it that we know about pesticides and agriculture? Pesticide use is very different in crop production in comparison to our lawn and garden care. Chelsea explains when, what and why pesticides are so important to our crops.
— Read on saifood.ca/scoop-on-pesticide-ltf2/
Bayer scored another win over Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide after a Missouri jury came out with a defense verdict November 9.
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/11/11/bayer-wins-sixth-consecutive-glyphosate-cancer-verdict/
Here are some of the ways scientists are using CRISPR to create healthier, more appealing, and more resilient foods — putting us closer to a future in which every person not only has access to the healthy foods they need, but actually wants to eat those foods, too.
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/11/14/7-ways-crispr-gene-editing-could-transform-food/
Misinformation about science, especially genetically modified crops, need to be dispelled and they should be adopted as it is backed by science, 1993 Nobel prize winner for physiology or medicine Richard J Roberts said on November 2.
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/11/10/viewpoint-activists-and-organizations-spread-lies-about-gmos-nobel-laureate-chides-dogmatic-political-discourse-highlights-decades-of-gmos-safe-use/
Over 34 million people in the U.S. don’t have enough food. More diverse and adaptable crops are needed to address challenges in food production made worse by climate change. Small, sweet berries called groundcherries may not feed the country, but along with other related “orphan crops,” they could strengthen food supplies.
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/11/09/distant-tomato-relative-the-groundcherry-genetic-modification-poised-to-rescue-key-orphan-crop/